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How old is too old to join the police?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Rev. ChadW, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    I'm 34 and working to join a department. At least in the departments I've interviewed with, my age seems to be in the median. Some older, some younger.
    I don't have a problem taking orders from someone younger than me, most lieutenants I trained were much younger than me. Besides that, until I have some experience there, age doesn't matter. The younger, but more police experienced officer knows that district better than me.
  2. For my agency you must be 35 by the time you graduate the academy.

    That having been said there are plenty of agencies who will hire you at your age. Word of advice, start applying NOW. Finish up your degree during service. You might even pick up some college credits at the academy.

  3. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    The age cutoff for my agency is 40. We had a 40 year old and several 39 year olds graduate in my class. You can do it.
  4. banger


    Nov 8, 2005
    Where evil lives
    It seems that some have missed the core question in this issue...

    It is not that someone in the vicinity of 35 is not able to successfully complete a Police Academy.

    It is the idea that many agencies have a requirement to complete 25 years of service to be eligible to retire.

    Ask you really want a 60 plus year old responding to emergency calls?

    Especially in smaller department, where many calls are handled single "O".

    Of course there could be an "up" side...

    A young guy gets punched in the mouth at a bar fight, he is likely to spit out his teeth.

    An older guy is more likely to spit out his dentures.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  5. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    San AntonioTexas

    After 25 years, anyone should be able to move to a non patrol position (if they want) even if it means moving agencies.

    The hardest part about becoming a cop is the first badge. Doors start to open up a little easier after that for most.

    ...and as I look around, I see plenty of people, no matter what their age or rank is, who cant wait to get out. I also see plenty of people who will die of old age in a patrol car or working a detail...they will never leave if they dont have to.

    There are some shocking relics still strapping it on every day (or Reserving) and I find that I tend to like these people. I have met a number of antique cops I might not get along with real well but I have yet to meet one I dont like.
  6. unfortunately in some departments when you get put on or get old enough to pull "desk duty" you get looked down upon or as something "lesser" then a patrol officer....Ive never thought that way when your old enough to be the guys fathers who are the "younger/new officers" I think you have earned your way to do just about anything you want and not be "looked down upon".

    I think in some depts there is some stigma to desk/non patrol duty. Even though its something SOMEONE HAS to do..
  7. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    San AntonioTexas
    Eh, I have noticed that no matter what choice you make in life>.< someone doesnt like it.
  8. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

    Nov 8, 2007
    I've got 12 1/2 years as a probation officer, but I plan to test in 2014.